For Many Residents in Queens’ Transit Deserts, Congestion Pricing Remains a Hard Sell

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Starting in 2020, commuters at several LIRR stations in Queens will be eligible for 20 percent discounts on their monthly rail passes — an effort to soften the blow of congestion pricing.

This story was produced through the City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative For Youth (CLARIFY), City Limits’ paid training program for aspiring public-interest journalists.

Kai Kin, 59, a food delivery driver, commutes from his house in Bayside to Flushing and Lower Manhattan everyday. Along his route are highways, Ubers, and — ultimately — congestion. But now, lawmakers intend to reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan by implementing a congestion pricing fee, affecting the lives of New Yorkers like Kin.

In April, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced drivers will have to pay a fee to enter Lower Manhattan below 60th Street starting in 2021, an effort to ease congestion and…

Original published: 2019-05-20 12:53:53 Read the full New York City News here

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